all a taunto

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all a taunto (not comparable)

  1. (nautical) Condition of a ship, especially a tall square-rigged one, in which all running rigging is hauled taut; all spars hoisted aloft; all sails set.
    • 1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, ch 11:
      She was a noble vessel. Trim, ship-shape, all a taunto, as Captain Swosser used to say. You must excuse me if I occasionally introduce a nautical expression; I was quite a sailor once.
  2. Prepared, ready, fit.
    • 1836, John Thomas Haines, The Ocean Life, Act I, sc. 1:
      No need of side-ropes, lads, for these marble companions. My eyes! here's a cabin all a taunto.